9 thoughts on “After nearly thirty years, the Magic by the Numbers trilogy is again available

  1. I loved Master of the Five Magics back when I first read it in the 80s. So happy all three books are now in Kindle format!

  2. I loved all three books and took the first book m as a satire on the various types of physicists (experimental, theorectical) and chemists. Was that your intent?

  3. Paul, you are right that the magics are associated with sciences in our world.

    Thamaturgy – physics
    Amchemy – chemistry
    Magic – mathematics
    Psychology – sorcery

    Wizardry has no correspondence

    My intent was not satire,however. Now, I do not believe in magic in the slightest, but the underlying concept of MFM was that back in primitive times on another world the laws of magic were discovered and the technology of civilization was built upon them. Our sciences got stiffled. In our world it was the other way around. So to me, the magics are substitutes not satires.

  4. :yndon,
    thank you for taking the time to reply.
    At the time my guess was Wizardry was university politics with
    – funding permeates ALL
    – Ivory tower dominance or submission
    But it didn’t fit as well as the others, so I am glad to know it was not your intent.

    I also wandered whether you were also talking abut economics and the gold standard

    regards Paul

  5. I am so happy to see these back in print. Thank you for bringing an old favorite back in a new edition. This was an instant purchase as soon as I saw it available!

  6. Thank you; just … thanks!

    My physical copies were destroyed beyond readability (mainly just age–mine were already used when I obtained them–but also much thumbing of pages), so I am really looking forward to reading these again to remind myself whether they are as good as I remember.

  7. David

    Thanks for the kind words. If you elect to get ahold of the ebook versions, they might last a bit longer.


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